Home & Garden Digest—Santa Cruz Sentinel


The Marina Tree and Garden Club hosts a tour

The Marina Tree and Garden Club hosts its annual garden tour on Sundays from 10:00am to 3:00pm. This year there are eight private and public gardens with great ideas, plants and designs for visitors to see and enjoy. All gardens are grouped on the southern edge of Marina to allow for less motoring. This event is the main fundraiser for the club, making it possible to support school gardens in Marina. Get tickets and maps at Hillcrest Ave. 211 at Hillcrest Garden in Marina. Visit marinatreeandgarden.org for more information.


Shared Adventures is looking for Gardening Instructors

Shared Adventures, a Santa Cruz non-profit organization that offers activities and programs for people with disabilities, is looking for a gardener or two to lead their weekly gardening program at Common Roots Farm near Pogonip. Gardeners would have access to a large garden bed in a beautiful setting to teach a small group of participants basic gardening techniques for 1.5 hours per day from 11am to 12:30pm. Small grant provided. Contact darylwise1@gmail.com.


Master Gardeners is holding an online spring sale for plants

The UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties are holding their annual spring plant sale now through Sunday. Garden-ready summer vegetables include leafy greens, lettuce, onions, peppers, squash and heirlooms, as well as hard-to-find tomato varieties. Our spring collection includes different types of basil and culinary variants of popular kitchen herbs for summer recipes and teas. Drought tolerant and water loving plants such as California natives and succulents will also be available in our online store, along with annual and perennial pollinators to increase biodiversity and attract beneficial insects to your garden. Place your order online and schedule a collection at our greenhouse in Salinas. All funds benefit the purely volunteer UC Master Gardener program, which offers a garden hotline, events and seasonal classes aimed at educating our local home gardening community on research-based, sustainable landscape practices. To order, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu.


UC Master Gardeners plan vermicomposting classes

UC Master Gardener Bridget Matz will teach “Vermiculture: Composting with Worms” on May 4th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. This is a free online course and teaches how to turn leftover food into a valuable resource for your garden and expand your recycling efforts. Vermiculture is a natural, home-made compost for seedlings, potted plants and vegetable gardens.

“Backyard Worm Composting” will be taught in person on May 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Watsonville Demonstration Garden at the UC Cooperative Extension, 1430 Freedom Blvd., Suite E, Watsonville. The hands-on workshop will include a combination of informal lectures and hands-on hands-on activities to learn how to source or build a worm bin, where to get worms from, how to care for it, as well as tips on how to harvest and use your resulting compost. We will send you a list of materials to bring if you want to build your own worm box to take home. There is a small fee and a class limit of 30 participants. To enroll in either or both courses, visit mbmg.ucanr.edu


The Monterey Bay Rose Society is putting on a show

The Monterey Bay Rose Society is hosting the 41st Annual Rose Show Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Aladdin Nursery at the corner of Freedom Boulevard and Corralitos Road. See and smell hundreds of beautiful roses, ask questions of rose experts, join our association and shop for roses. Enjoy the music, food, wine and vendors who participate in this fabulous start to spring. For more information about the show and the Rose Society, visit montereybayrosesociety.org.


Common Roots Farm is holding a spring plant sale

On Saturday, May 8th from 10am to 4pm, Common Roots Farm will be hosting their annual Spring Plant Sale, just in time for Mother’s Day. The flower and vegetable starts are grown by farmers living with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other disabilities, and your support helps everyone learn and grow together. In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, all moms will receive a small sunflower plant gifted by Common Roots. Some of the plants in our offer are strawberries, raspberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, dahlias and many more. The farm is located at 301 Golf Club Drive, Santa Cruz. See commonrootsfarm.org for more information


Birdsong Orchards is open for the U-Pick Rose season

Birdsong Orchards grows more than 500 roses, deeply scented, lush and of all colors. Varieties include Hybrid Tea Roses, Floribundas, Grandifloras, David Austin, Meilland, Kordes in all shades of the rose rainbow, with new cultivars being added each year. Unlike any other rose garden, you can smell them and then cut and fill your bucket with amazing blooms to take home. Buckets with water and hair clippers are available. To see photos of the roses and to book an appointment to pick them, visit birdsongorchards.com.


Permaculture hosts ecological workshop

Indigenous peoples have always tended the forests with fire. In the face of firefighting and catastrophic wildfires, taking action as communities to conserve the world’s forests has become imperative. Indian Canyon Nation, EcoCamp Coyote and Sudden Oak Life are collaborating on a three-day intensive workshop titled “Fire Mimicry and Traditional Ecological Knowledge” May 13-15 at Indian Canyon, Hollister. The event will feature Kanyon Sayers Roods (Indian Canyon Nation, Mutton Ohlone), Tom “Little Bear” Nason (Esselen Tribe Monterey County President), Leo Lauchere (EcoCamp Coyote), and Lee Klinger (Sudden Oak Life). For more information Visit santacruzpermaculture.com for information and registration.


Find out more about tomatoes at Love Apple

Registration is open for several Love Apple Farms workshops, including Tomato Masters on May 28, which will be taught by Cynthia Sandberg, owner of LAF and co-founder of the World Tomato Society. Other upcoming classes, all at 5311 Scotts Valley Drive, include Summer Vegetable Gardening on May 14th or May 29th. Sign up at growbetterveggies.com. Call 831-588-3801 for details.

The Garden Digest is compiled by Susan Salinger. Email sentinelhomeandgarden@gmail.com to submit entries for the calendar including events, meetings, resources or anything garden related.

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